Monday, November 08, 2004

The Victory of "Values"

Democrats are trying to explain away their latest losses by attributing it to "values" voters. By this, they mean right-wing Christian nuts in the red states who are, in their view, basically ignorant. This perception of why they lost so much is not only ridiculous; it's highly divisive. And, it continues to mask their real problems, making future losses even more likely. Bruce Bartlett has written an interesting column on this.

Personally, I hope the Democratic Party gets its act together. The two-party system is an important reason the U.S. version of democracy has been so successful, but it takes two viable parties to work.


Blogger Sherman said...

It is even more troubling that the voice of the party is out of the mainstream of the party itself. The more vocal supporters of Kerry during the campaign represent the lunatic fringe of the Democratic party. Incredibly enough, the consensus among them is that they believe they were too moderate during the campaign. Their inability to see the obvious is quite staggering.

One amazing statistic the should be blaringly obvious is that over 50% of the people voting for Kerry did so only because they disliked Bush. If the Republicans had actually had a charismatic candidate, the election could very well have been a Nixon-McGovern type landslide. If the Democrats don't regain some control over their own party, then this might very well happen in 2008.

Of course, being a Republican, I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing. However, I am a moderate, and I think rational minds on both sides must come together in order for our government to operate efficiently.

6:25 PM, November 11, 2004  

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